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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338564/studying-the-retinal-source-of-photophobia-by-facial-electroretinography
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Christopher W Tyler, Lora T Likova
PURPOSE: Photophobia is a debilitating clinical condition that disrupts the ability to use vision for everyday tasks in bright lighting conditions. The goal of the study is to develop a methodology to study the neural basis of photophobia and the contribution of the melanopic pathway to its etiology with differential chromatic responses by means of standard electroencephalographic recording equipment. METHODS: We introduce and validate the approach of recording wavelength-specific electroretinographic (ERG) responses from the face electrodes of the high-density whole-head electroencephalography recording system under light-adapted conditions...
April 2017: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334383/a-critical-role-of-inhibition-in-temporal-processing-maturation-in-the-primary-auditory-cortex
#2
Dongqin Cai, Rongrong Han, Miaomiao Liu, Fenghua Xie, Ling You, Yi Zheng, Limin Zhao, Jun Yao, Yiwei Wang, Yin Yue, Christoph E Schreiner, Kexin Yuan
Faithful representation of sound envelopes in primary auditory cortex (A1) is vital for temporal processing and perception of natural sounds. However, the emergence of cortical temporal processing mechanisms during development remains poorly understood. Although cortical inhibition has been proposed to play an important role in this process, direct in-vivo evidence has been lacking. Using loose-patch recordings in rat A1 immediately after hearing onset, we found that stimulus-following ability in fast-spiking neurons was significantly better than in regular-spiking (RS) neurons...
March 1, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334225/pom-thalamocortical-input-drives-layer-specific-microcircuits-in-somatosensory-cortex
#3
Nicholas J Audette, Joanna Urban-Ciecko, Megumi Matsushita, Alison L Barth
Higher-order thalamic nuclei, such as the posterior medial nucleus (POm) in the somatosensory system or the pulvinar in the visual system, densely innervate the cortex and can influence perception and plasticity. To systematically evaluate how higher-order thalamic nuclei can drive cortical circuits, we investigated cell-type selective responses to POm stimulation in mouse primary somatosensory (barrel) cortex, using genetically targeted whole-cell recordings in acute brain slices. We find that ChR2-evoked thalamic input selectively targets specific cell types in the neocortex, revealing layer-specific modules for the summation and processing of POm input...
March 10, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334142/layer-specific-organization-of-local-excitatory-and-inhibitory-synaptic-connectivity-in-the-rat-presubiculum
#4
Yangfan Peng, Federico J Barreda Tomás, Constantin Klisch, Imre Vida, Jörg R P Geiger
The presubiculum is part of the parahippocampal spatial navigation system and contains head direction and grid cells upstream of the medial entorhinal cortex. This position within the parahippocampal cortex renders the presubiculum uniquely suited for analyzing the circuit requirements underlying the emergence of spatially tuned neuronal activity. To identify the local circuit properties, we analyzed the topology of synaptic connections between pyramidal cells and interneurons in all layers of the presubiculum by testing 4250 potential synaptic connections using multiple whole-cell recordings of up to 8 cells simultaneously...
February 25, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326934/activations-of-muscarinic-m1-receptors-in-the-anterior-cingulate-cortex-contribute-to-the-antinociceptive-effect-via-gabaergic-transmission
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Kohei Koga, Yu Matsuzaki, Kenji Honda, Fumihiro Eto, Tomonori Furukawa, Keisuke Migita, Keiichi Irie, Kenichi Mishima, Shinya Ueno
Background Cholinergic systems regulate the synaptic transmission resulting in the contribution of the nociceptive behaviors. Anterior cingulate cortex is a key cortical area to play roles in nociception and chronic pain. However, the effect of the activation of cholinergic system for nociception is still unknown in the cortical area. Here, we tested whether the activation of cholinergic receptors can regulate nociceptive behaviors in adult rat anterior cingulate cortex by integrative methods including behavior, immunohistochemical, and electrophysiological methods...
January 2017: Molecular Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325839/identification-and-characterization-of-rna-aptamers-a-long-aptamer-blocks-the-ampa-receptor-and-a-short-aptamer-blocks-both-ampa-and-kainate-receptors
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William J Jaremko, Zhen Huang, Wei Wen, Andrew Wu, Nicholas Karl, Li Niu
AMPA and kainate receptors, along with NMDA receptors, represent different subtypes of glutamate ion channels. AMPA and kainate receptors share a high degree of sequence and structural similarities, and excessive activity of these receptors has been implicated in neurological diseases such as epilepsy. Therefore, blocking detrimental activity of both receptor types could be therapeutically beneficial. Here, we report the use of an in vitro evolution approach involving systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment with a single AMPA receptor target (i...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325790/dopamine-terminals-from-the-ventral-tegmental-area-gate-intrinsic-inhibition-in-the-prefrontal-cortex
#7
William C Buchta, Stephen V Mahler, Benjamin Harlan, Gary S Aston-Jones, Arthur C Riegel
Spike frequency adaptation (SFA or accommodation) and calcium-activated potassium channels that underlie after-hyperpolarization potentials (AHP) regulate repetitive firing of neurons. Precisely how neuromodulators such as dopamine from the ventral tegmental area (VTA) regulate SFA and AHP (together referred to as intrinsic inhibition) in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) remains unclear. Using whole cell electrophysiology, we measured intrinsic inhibition in prelimbic (PL) layer 5 pyramidal cells of male adult rats...
March 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324618/thermogelling-chitosan-lactate-hydrogel-improves-functional-recovery-after-a-c2-spinal-cord-hemisection-in-rat
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Katarzyna Nawrotek, Tanguy Marqueste, Zofia Modrzejewska, Roman Zarzycki, Agnieszka Rusak, Patrick Decherchi
The present study was designed to provide an appropriate micro-environment for regenerating axotomized neurons and proliferating/migrating cells. Because of its intrinsic permissive properties, biocompatibility and biodegradability, we chose to evaluate the therapeutic effectiveness of a chitosan-based biopolymer. The biomaterial toxicity was measured through in vitro test based on fibroblast cell survival on thermogelling chitosan lactate hydrogel substrate and then polymer was implanted into a C2 hemisection of the rat spinal cord...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320941/potent-neuroprotection-after-stroke-afforded-by-a-double-knot-spider-venom-peptide-that-inhibits-acid-sensing-ion-channel-1a
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Irène R Chassagnon, Claudia A McCarthy, Yanni K-Y Chin, Sandy S Pineda, Angelo Keramidas, Mehdi Mobli, Vi Pham, T Michael De Silva, Joseph W Lynch, Robert E Widdop, Lachlan D Rash, Glenn F King
Stroke is the second-leading cause of death worldwide, yet there are no drugs available to protect the brain from stroke-induced neuronal injury. Acid-sensing ion channel 1a (ASIC1a) is the primary acid sensor in mammalian brain and a key mediator of acidosis-induced neuronal damage following cerebral ischemia. Genetic ablation and selective pharmacologic inhibition of ASIC1a reduces neuronal death following ischemic stroke in rodents. Here, we demonstrate that Hi1a, a disulfide-rich spider venom peptide, is highly neuroprotective in a focal model of ischemic stroke...
March 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319196/h-channels-in-embryonic-biomphalaria-glabrata-cell-membranes-putative-roles-in-snail-host-schistosome-interactions
#10
Brandon J Wright, Utibe Bickham-Wright, Timothy P Yoshino, Meyer B Jackson
The human blood fluke Schistosoma mansoni causes intestinal schistosomiasis, a widespread neglected tropical disease. Infection of freshwater snails Biomphalaria spp. is an essential step in the transmission of S. mansoni to humans, although the physiological interactions between the parasite and its obligate snail host that determine success or failure are still poorly understood. In the present study, the B. glabrata embryonic (Bge) cell line, a widely used in vitro model for hemocyte-like activity, was used to investigate membrane properties, and assess the impact of larval transformation proteins (LTP) on identified ion channels...
March 20, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316433/reporting-adverse-transfusion-reactions-a-retrospective-study-from-tertiary-care-hospital-from-new-delhi-india
#11
Sangeeta Pahuja, Vandana Puri, Gunjan Mahajan, Prajwala Gupta, Manjula Jain
CONTEXT: Blood transfusion services have achieved newer heights in the last decade, with developments in cellular techniques, component separation, and integration of molecular methods. However, the system of recording and reporting of the adverse events related to blood transfusion is developing countries like India is grossly inadequate and voluntary in nature. AIMS: This study was undertaken to analyze the retrospective data on adverse events related to blood transfusions in our hospital...
January 2017: Asian Journal of Transfusion Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315396/ischemia-deteriorates-spike-encoding-at-cortical-gabaergic-neurons-and-cerebellar-purkinje-cells-by-increasing-the-intracellular-ca-2
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Li Huang, Chun Wang, Rongjing Ge, Hong Ni, Shidi Zhao
GABAergic neurons play a critical role in the central nervous system, such as well-organized behaviors. The ischemic cell death is presumably initiated by neuronal excitotoxicity resulted from the dysfunction of GABAergic neurons. It is not clear how ischemia influences different types of GABAergic neurons and whether intracellular Ca(2+) plays a key role in the ischemic excitotoxicity. We have investigated this issue at cortical GABAergic neurons and cerebellar Purkinje cells by whole-cell recording in mouse brain slices, and the roles of intracellular Ca(2+) are examined by BABTA infusion...
March 14, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315292/hypoxic-culture-promotes-dopaminergic-neuronal-differentiation-of-nasal-olfactory-mucosa-mesenchymal-stem-cells-via-up-regulation-of-hypoxia-inducible-factor-1%C3%AE
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Yi Zhuo, Lei Wang, Lite Ge, Xuan Li, Ping Chen, Da Duan, Xiaohua Teng, Miao Jiang, Kai Liu, Ting Yuan, Pei Wu, Hao Wang, Yujia Deng, Huali Xie, Ying Xia, Ming Lu
<p><b>Background</b> Olfactory mucosa mesenchymal stem cells (OM-MSCs) display significant clonogenicactivity and may be easily propagated for Parkinson's disease therapies. Methods of inducing OM-MSCs to differentiate into dopaminergic (DAergic) neurons using olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) is thus an attractive topic of research.</p><p><b>Methods</b> We designed a hypoxic-induction protocol to generate DAergic neurons from OM-MSCs using a physiological oxygen (O2) level of 3% and OEC-conditioned medium (HI group)...
March 17, 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314951/relaxin-3-rxfp3-signalling-in-mouse-hypothalamus-no-effect-of-rxfp3-activation-on-corticosterone-despite-reduced-presynaptic-excitatory-input-onto-paraventricular-crh-neurons-in-vitro
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C Zhang, D V Baimoukhametova, C M Smith, J S Bains, Andrew L Gundlach
Relaxin-3/RXFP3 signalling is proposed to be involved in the neuromodulatory control of arousal- and stress-related neural circuits. Furthermore, previous studies in rats have led to the proposal that relaxin-3/RXFP3 signalling is associated with activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, but direct evidence for RXFP3-related actions on the activity of hypothalamic corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) neurons is lacking. In this study, we investigated characteristics of the relaxin-3/RXFP3 system in mouse hypothalamus...
March 17, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314386/veliparib-in-combination-with-radiotherapy-for-the-treatment-of-mgmt-unmethylated-glioblastoma
#15
Toni Rose Jue, Kyoko Nozue, Ashleigh J Lester, Swapna Joshi, Lisette B W Schroder, Shane P Whittaker, Sheri Nixdorf, Robert W Rapkins, Mustafa Khasraw, Kerrie L McDonald
BACKGROUND: The O (6) -methylguanine methyltransferase (MGMT) gene is frequently unmethylated in patients with glioblastoma (GBM), rendering them non-responsive to the standard treatment regime of surgery followed by concurrent radiotherapy (RT) and temozolomide. Here, we investigate the efficacy of adding a PARP inhibitor, veliparib, to radiotherapy to treat MGMT unmethylated GBM. METHODS: The inhibition of PARP with veliparib (ABT-888), a potent and orally bioavailable inhibitor in combination with RT was tested on a panel of patient derived cell lines (PDCLs) and patient-derived xenografts (PDX) models generated from GBM patients with MGMT unmethylated tumors...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306530/ascorbic-acid-does-not-modulate-potassium-currents-in-cultured-human-lymphocytes
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Saravanakumar Snekalatha, Praghalathan Kanthakumar
BACKGROUND: Ascorbic acid (AA) is known to modulate lymphocyte function, but the mechanism of action is not clearly understood. As voltage-gated potassium currents play an important role in lymphocyte function, the effect of AA on voltage-gated potassium currents was studied. METHODS: Peripheral blood mononuclear cells were cultured in the presence of increasing concentrations of AA (0, 0.125, 0.25, 0.5, and 1 mM). Potassium currents in resting lymphocytes were studied by whole cell patch clamp technique using a depolarizing protocol...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303965/effect-of-1-8%C3%A2-ghz-radiofrequency-electromagnetic-radiation-on-novel-object-associative-recognition-memory-in-mice
#17
Kai Wang, Jun-Mei Lu, Zhen-He Xing, Qian-Ru Zhao, Lin-Qi Hu, Lei Xue, Jie Zhang, Yan-Ai Mei
Mounting evidence suggests that exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation (RF-EMR) can influence learning and memory in rodents. In this study, we examined the effects of single exposure to 1.8 GHz RF-EMR for 30 min on subsequent recognition memory in mice, using the novel object recognition task (NORT). RF-EMR exposure at an intensity of >2.2 W/kg specific absorption rate (SAR) power density induced a significant density-dependent increase in NORT index with no corresponding changes in spontaneous locomotor activity...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303387/caveolar-remodeling-is-a-critical-mechanotransduction-mechanism-of-the-stretch-induced-l-type-ca-2-channel-activation-in-vascular-myocytes
#18
Sang Woong Park, Kyung Chul Shin, Hyun Ji Park, Soon-Kyu Yoou, Jin-Yeon Park, Young-Sun Kang, Dong Jun Sung, Jae Gon Kim, Seung Hwa Park, BoKyung Kim, Hana Cho, Young Min Bae
Activation of L-type voltage-dependent Ca(2+) channels (VDCCL) by membrane stretch contributes to many biological responses such as myogenic contraction of arteries. However, mechanism for the stretch-induced VDCCL activation is unclear. In this study, we examined the hypothesis that caveolar remodeling and its related signaling cascade contribute to the stretch-induced activation of VDCCL in rat mesenteric arterial smooth muscle cells. The VDCCL currents were recorded with nystatin-perforated or with conventional whole-cell patch-clamp technique...
March 16, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302446/electrophysiological-evidence-of-increased-glycine-receptor-mediated-phasic-and-tonic-inhibition-by-blockade-of-glycine-transporters-in-spinal-superficial-dorsal-horn-neurons-of-adult-mice
#19
Misa Oyama, Seiya Kuraoka, Shun Watanabe, Takashi Iwai, Mitsuo Tanabe
To understand the synaptic and/or extrasynaptic mechanisms underlying pain relief by blockade of glycine transporter subtypes GlyT1 and GlyT2, whole-cell recordings were made from dorsal horn neurons in spinal slices from adult mice, and the effects of NFPS and ALX-1393, selective GlyT1 and GlyT2 inhibitors, respectively, on phasic evoked or miniature glycinergic inhibitory postsynaptic currents (eIPSCs or mIPSCs) were examined. NFPS and ALX-1393 prolonged the decay phase of eIPSCs without affecting their amplitude...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301277/evidence-that-orai1-does-not-contribute-to-store-operated-trpc1-channels-in-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
#20
Jian Shi, Francesc Miralles, Jean-Pierre Kinet, Lutz Birnbaumer, William A Large, Anthony P Albert
Ca(2+)-permeable store-operated channels (SOCs) mediate Ca(2+) entry pathways which are involved in many cellular functions such as contraction, growth, and proliferation. Prototypical SOCs are formed of Orai1 proteins and are activated by the endo/sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+) sensor stromal interaction molecule 1 (STIM1). There is considerable debate about whether canonical transient receptor potential 1 (TRPC1) proteins also form store-operated channels (SOCs), and if they do, is Orai1 involved. We recently showed that stimulation of TRPC1-based SOCs involves store depletion inducing STIM1-evoked Gαq/PLCβ1 activity in contractile vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs)...
March 16, 2017: Channels
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